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(Theobroma Cacao)

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  • Cocoa Butter Herbal Description
  • Cocoa Butter Uses & Applications
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  • Cocoa Butter Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Cocoa Butter Herbal Supplements & Products


    Cocoa was named Theobroma and means 'food of the gods'.

    Cocoa Butter is becoming increasingly popular in the natural bodycare and cosmetic industries for good reason. It has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, where it has been used to protect and condition skin which has been damaged by the sun and wind.


    The four major West African cocoa producers are the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. The Ivory Coast produces about 43 percent of the world's cocoa, and the next largest producer is Ghana with about 14 percent of the world's output. Nigeria is one of the smallest and produces about 6 percent of the world's cocoa. Outside of West Africa, the major producers of cocoa are Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. After cocoa beans have been received at the processing location, they are inspected and thoroughly cleaned of all extraneous matter, such as sticks, stones, and metal fragments, as well as broken beans. Once the beans are cleaned they are roasted and then ground into a paste. The heat generated by this process causes the Cocoa Butter in the nib to melt, hence the name ‘cocoa liquor’. Chocolate liquor destined for processing into Cocoa Butter is refined to a very small particle size because it is easier to reduce the particle size early when the butter is still present. A smaller particle size makes butter extraction easier.


  • Botanical Name: Theobroma cacao
  • Origin: Harvested in Africa & Processed in Italy
  • Extraction: Expeller Pressed / Unrefined
  • Shelf Life: 1 year optimal

  • Notes- This particular line of unrefined Cocoa Butter is not deodorized and is lightly odoriferous and will scent your products in moderation. Suitable for food and cosmetic use and makes an exquisite ingredient within culinary products, and especially chocolate. As an unrefined cosmetic butter it may contain natural sediments which will appear on the surface of the oil after the butter is melted. Straining the oil through muslin cloth is recommended, based on the product that is being formulated. For example, in soaps, straining may not be required. The usage of this butter in any cosmetic product should not be affected by its unrefined nature.

    The Cocoa Butter offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is Fair Trade certified through the Fair for Life program.


  • Color: Light Yellow / Creamy
  • Odor: Cocoa - Resembling Chocolate
    • Free Fatty Acids- 1.01%
      Peroxide Value- 0.48
      Non-Saponifiables- 0.2 to 0.4%
      Saponification Value- 195
      Iodine Value- 35
      Aroma Indices- 4.45
      Total Saturated- 56 to 72<,br> Total Monounsaturated- 20 to 40
      Total Polyunsaturated- 1 to 5

      Oleic- 29-35%
      Palmitic- 20-30%
      Linoleic- 1-3%

    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.

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    Cocoa Butter contains natural antioxidants that give it a long shelf life of over 3 years. It is naturally rich in Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and also provides the skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Cocoa Butter also contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma.

    For centuries pregnant women have used Cocoa Butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks, but this pleasant-smelling substance is added to countless other topical preparations.

    Lotions and oils containing Cocoa Butter are often used in aromatherapy massage to promote relaxation and the feeling of well-being. Research indicates that massaging the skin with Cocoa Butter may help relieve stress, boost the immune system, and even prevent cancer. This is because Cocoa Butter, like chocolate, contains a lot of CMP and there is some evidence that the CMP in Cocoa Butter may also help prevent heart disease and ease arthritic symptoms. Cocoa Butter is mainly used is a thickening agent and is a common ingredient in lipsticks, soaps and emollient creams. It is also a folk remedy for burns, cough, dry lips, fever, malaria, rheumatism, snakebite and wounds. It is reported to be antiseptic and diuretic.
    • Cocoa Butter has a melting point at human body temperature.
    • Cocoa Butter is edible and nutritious, all of which present many industrial uses.
    • Cocoa Butter is a superb moisturizer which slows down moisture loss.
    • Cocoa Butter is known for its hydrating effects.
    • Cocoa Butter is also gentle on the skin and has a pleasing aroma.
    • Cocoa Butter is excellent when used on dry skin or on wrinkles.
    • Cocoa Butter is emollient properties are great in soap making and lotions.
    • Cocoa Butter is hard at room temperature.
    • Cocoa Butter is mainly used as a thickening agent and is a common ingredient in lipsticks, soaps and emollient creams.
    • Cocoa Butter is easily absorbs into the skin and imparts sheen.


    Mountain Rose Herbs: Cocoa, Illipe, Kokum, Mango, & Shea Butters

    Cocoa Butter: An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations and now fair trade certified.

    Illipe Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from whole Illipe nuts (Shorea stenoptera) this exotic butter adds regenerative and moisturizing properties to your handmade creations. Illipe butter is renowned for its incredible moisturizing properties and its ability to restore elasticity to the skin. It is quite comparable to cocoa butter in its constituents, and is beneficial for the treatment of numerous skin and hair disorders.

    Kokum Butter: A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.

    Mango Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango Butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.

    Shea Butter:This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Our shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.



    Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. Since Cocoa Butter absorbs so quickly, it immediately relieves dry and irritated skin. There are many different uses for Cocoa Butter, below are some of the ways in which Cocoa Butter may be used:

  • Add a spoonful to your bath water for a luxurious and healing experience. Especially helpful for those with dry or itchy skin, or sore muscles. Try adding Lavender or Chamomile essential oil as well, or an herbal infusion made from soothing herbs.

  • In massage, Cocoa Butter is beneficial for overexerted muscles or for dry skin.

  • In soaps, Cocoa Butter has a conditioning effect that adds a good lather. Try incorporating Cocoa Butter into your handmade soap recipes.

  • Use during pregnancy to keep the skin supple, and to prevent stretch marks. It may also be used after giving birth to reduce stretch marks.



    Those with serious or persistent skin problems, such as eczema, should consult a health care practitioner before using Cocoa Butter.

    Cocoa Butter is often mistakenly used by people to expedite a suntan and while it will enhance a natural tan, it does not have a sun protection factor (SPF). To prevent the harmful effects of the sun, use a suntan lotion with an SPF of at least 15 that contains Cocoa Butter.

    Not recommended by those with nut allergies.


  • Cocoa Butter Herbal Products


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    High quality 100% pure cocoa butter from cocoa beans contains no solvents, fillers, preservatives or chemical additives. It is useful for sunburns, softening skin, scar tissue, soothe diaper rash, and avoiding stretch marks during pregnancy. Cocoa butter is used to improve skin elasticity and to reduce wrinkles. In its natural state, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature, and may vary in color and appearance. Food grade cocoa butter can be used in your favorite recipes as well as for skin care treatments.


    Mountain Rose Herbs: Cocoa Butter, Solid, Certified Organic, Bulk Cosmetikc & Skin Butters
    An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations and now fair trade certified. Extraction- Expeller Pressed/Unrefined. Color- Cream Hue. Texture- Semi-Hard.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Cocoa Butter Wafers, Certified Organic, Bulk Cosmetic & Skin Butters
    These fair trade and organic wafers exhibit the same properties and qualities as our standard Cocoa Butter but in a much more convenient size which makes melting and blending easier. Each wafer or disc measures about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter. Extraction- Expeller Pressed/Unrefined. Color- Cream Hue. Texture- Semi-Hard.


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